On Monday, November 5th, the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento joined with the Duke Nicholas Office of Development & Alumni Relations to host a warm welcome reception for Duke alumni attending #SETACSacramento — the 39th North America Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
SETAC is the international scientific society for academia, industry, and government professionals and students working on environmental pollution and management issues. For the first time ever, the SETAC North America Annual Meeting was held in Sacramento — drawing more than 2,000 scientists, managers, and students from around the world.
A Duke Environment tradition at SETAC North America meetings is a reception for faculty, students, and alumni of the Environmental Health & Toxicology Program — an event the #SacGreenDevils were proud to help host this year!
On September 26th, the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento hosted a welcome for two recent arrivals to our local alumni community.
We welcomed Megan Murray MEM ’18 and Catherine Campbell ’09 with a cozy gathering at Kupros — coincidentally (approximately) the one-year anniversary of our first-ever gathering of the #SacGreenDevils! Megan Murray joined Stantec this summer as a Water Resources Planner in their Sacramento office , while Catherine Campbell joined Blue Diamond Growers as Sustainability Manager.
This week, Todd Steelman PhD ’96 officially began her tenure as Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Dean Steelman is the first Duke Environment graduate to return and serve its highest administrative office.
A noted wildfire science and management researcher, Dean Steelman has the resume to match her accomplishments in academia. In addition to her PhD in Environmental and Resource Policy from Duke, Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from West Virginia University, Dean Steelman also has training as a wildland firefighter and an ice road trucker.
On June 9th, the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento enjoyed a wonderfully led tour of the Crocker Art Museum and its California landscapes collection!
Organized by Neil Matouka MEM ’15 and conceived by Matouka and myself over a happy hour planning meeting, the idea was to come up with a fun, social outing for our growing network, but something that could be tied back to our collective interests in environmental science and management. When Neil mentioned he had a connection with the Crocker Art Museum, we immediately thought of the Crocker’s astounding collection of California art — particularly of the state’s changing natural landscapes over the centuries.
For our first Duke Men’s Basketball watch party, we picked the Duke vs. Indiana game on November 29th!
The location was strategic — de Vere’s Irish Pub in Sacramento, whose owners are Blue Devil supporters. Their father, UC Davis Emeritus Distinguished Professor Ralph de Vere White MD, completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center.
On October 4, 2017, we officially convened the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento!
Gathering at Kupros Crafthouse in Midtown Sacramento, local MEM and PhD alumni of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University were joined by fellow graduates from Duke Law, Duke Pratt School, Duke Sanford School, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and other environmental, engineering, and policy programs.